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DateLine Sunday, 30 September 2007

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Heroin smuggling operation busted at BIA

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) sleuths busted another heroin smuggling operation when they took in for questioning three passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) attempting to smuggle three kilograms of heroin last Friday, PNB sources told the Sunday Observer.

The detection was made when a man and a woman who arrived on a flight from Chennai carrying two large briefcases were searched by PNB officers and found two packets concealed in the two briefcases that contained three kilos of heroin. The Brown Sugar variety of heroin has a street value of Rs. 12 million.

According to PNB sources the man was a suspect drug dealer who had travelled to India about 15 times this year alone.

"We kept a close tab on the suspect and took him for questioning after receiving a tip off," the sources said. This was the biggest haul of heroin detected by the PNB this year at the airport. The third man who had accompanied the couple was also taken in for further investigation.

In June this year the PNB tipped off the Maldivian authorities who arrested a man carrying 7.8 Kilograms of heroin with a street value of US dollars 2.7 million. According to the PNB there are about 15 Sri Lankans in Indian jails serving sentences for drug offences. The PNB has close ties with the Indian and other SAARC agencies that deals in drug smuggling operations.

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